Perusing the Fiction Aisles
So I was at a Christian bookstore Saturday and had about three hours to peruse the fiction aisles. Oh, yeah, I was there doing a book signing . . . but that’s another story and one I won’t get into here. Bottom line, I had three hours to peruse the aisles.
Here’s what I found: Romance and Amish fiction are hot. I don’t mean just popular-hot, I mean scorching-hot, like there’s-no-competition-hot. Yeah, yeah, yeah, nothing new there. Actually, though, I went deeper than that. I counted. I went through two full aisles of Christian fiction and numbered the titles (it was a very slow signing and I had lots of time on my hands).
Here’s the results:
Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance/Amish . . . 180
Romantic Suspense/Suspense/Thriller/Mystery/Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Everything in-between . . . 76
How do you compete with that? How does a horror/suspense writer get his title noticed among the forest of romance and Amish (and Amish romance)?
I’m not knocking romance or Amish fiction. People like what they like. And I’m not knocking the bookstores for stocking so much of it. Right now, it’s a cash cow and the book business is about making money. What I’m wracking my mind over is how to get new readers interested in my books, how to get them noticed.
Hey, I’m open for ideas.